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The deadline for NBA teams to discuss contract extensions with the players obtained or drafted from the 2010 NBA Draft has come and gone this past Thursday night, and Evan Turner still has no offer from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite the fact that the 6-foot-7 swingman is one of the team’s best players, along with forward Thaddeus Young and center Spencer Hawes, it may be his last season. Without an offer, players who are still on their rookie scale contracts will hit free agency in July.
Turner, the 76ers second overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, averaged 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.67 turnovers during the preseason.
Last season, he was the only 76er to start all 82 games, averaging 13.3 points.
But since hiring Sam Hinkie as general manager in May, the team has been in a rebuilding mode. They have until June 30 to offer Turner the $8.7 million qualifying offer, but may not want to lock up 2014 free agent dollars.
Turner told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Nothing was done. That's it. There was nothing to talk about. There was no discussion."
However, Turner says he is not worried. “I just want to take it day by day and keep becoming a better player."
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